Today is the day that we all need to stop and think. Not about how thankful we are (although that is very important as well) but about how we are.
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. Mental health is, unfortunately, still hidden from eyes. The Elephant in the room talks about it as do 30+ other blog posts I have done about this important subject. I know too many people in my immediate circle who struggle. It’s becoming much more common now for athletes to face media and state that they have been struggling. One of the first was non other than Clara Hughes and once again she has a new article out about why-exercise-is-so-important-for-good-mental-health. I feel she was not just record breaking in 2 Olympic sports but in facing this crisis in such a public format.
I pulled the info below from a July 2021 Canadian Mental Health Association so I know it’s current. But
one worries is certain that it will get even worse during the never ending Covid19 pandemic.
- Everyone has mental health and will experience challenges regarding their mental well-being, but not everyone will experience a mental illness.
- Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time either through their own experience, or that of a family member, friend or colleague.
- In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
- By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
- Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures; however, systemic inequalities such as racism, poverty, homelessness, discrimination, colonial and gender-based violence, among others, can worsen mental health and symptoms of mental illness, especially if mental health supports are difficult to access.
- Major depression affects approximately 5.4% of the Canadian population, and anxiety disorders affect 4.6% of the population.
- About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (formerly called “manic depression”), and another 1% will experience schizophrenia.
- Eating disorders affect approximately 1 million Canadians – between 0.3-1% of the population. They impact women at a rate ten times that of men, and have the highest rate of mortality of any mental illness.
- Substance use disorders affect approximately 6% of Canadians.
- 4,012 Canadians died by suicide in 2019.
- In Canada, suicide disproportionately impacts Indigenous peoples; the rate of suicide among First Nations is three times higher than among non-Indigenous Canadians, and nine times higher among Inuit.
- The mortality rate due to suicide among men is three times the rate among women, but girls and young women are three times more likely than men to harm themselves and be hospitalized from self-harm.
In the darkest of our hours
Sideways sends us nowhere with little hope
Backwards finds a quagmire of old pain and sorrow
Forwards one small step means the light will eventually appear
In the darkest of hours
We chooseBLC Oct 2021
The numbers are alarming. The end results can be devastating for families. The daily toll is so heavy. PLEASE reach out if you need help. Tap a friend, a family member or your health care provider. It might feel like no one can see or hear your pain but take that first step.
Not my usual Sunday blog post. I have done several blog challenges over the summer. I opted out today because I felt that this subject is just so important it deserves to be in the light today (and everyday). Yes it’s Thanksgiving weekend and I am thankful but I am also aware how easily it can all crash down upon the head. PLEASE don’t become a statistic – take action.